17th July

Didmarton Bluegrass Festival 1st – 3rd September 2017

Although it’s billed as a bluegrass event, there will be a sizeable old-time presence. As well as plenty of old-time jamming in the OGRI bar and around the site, several of the stage acts are mainly old-time, including The Horsenecks, Jeni Hankins and The Small Glories, plus a good smattering of OT from the other bands. Dance displays and workshop by Applejacks and Raise the Dust.
Advanced weekend tickets (£70) are available until August 29th; on the gate full ticket price £75. Day tickets also available.

Venue: Kemble Airfield, Gloucs GL7 6BQ

Tickets and more information on www.didmarton-bluegrass.co.uk


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7th July

FOAOTMAD CD Reviewers Needed Please

FOAOTMAD members will be aware that review section of the Old Time News has now grown in size. The last edition contained over 20 reviews and I very much hope to be able to keep the section at a similar size in future issues. In order to do this I am keen to recruit more people to write reviews. You will need some familiarity with old-time music but you don’t need to be an expert by any means – enthusiasm and a critical ear are more important. Hopefully the latest edition will give you a flavour of what a review needs to cover – some background on the band, some comments on a few tracks and an overall view of who might enjoy it. Most reviews are of CDs but I’d also like to see more books and DVDs reviewed so if that is something you might feel more comfortable with, then that’s fine.

The other thing we will need is material to review. I’d like to encourage everyone to get the word out to any old-time musicians you know that we would love to receive any new CDs, books etc for review. If you know of anyone, or if you see a good band at a festival please do recommend that they consider the Old Time News as an outlet for having their work reviewed

For those who are not members, and who therefore won’t have had a copy of the magazine, the first page of the review section can be downloaded from here


All enquiries about reviewing or submitting material can be directed to me at reviews@foaotmad.org.uk



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26th June (again)

Here’s the Link to the Workshop Application Form

workshopNv2017 pdf

FOAOTMAD 2017 Old Time Fiddle & Banjo Workshops

Please note that application forms for the November workshops will be available early this week

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Curtain Call for Alsia Old Time Camp-out in Cornwall

Alsia Fest American Old Time & Americana Music Campout 2017

After the great success of the 2016 Alsia festival. Our host Guy Ponsford wanted to repeat it again for 2017. In addition to the Old time sessions there is also a warm welcome to those folks that play Americana.

Hosted by Guy & Xanthe Ponsford and Old Time Music Cornwall at Higher Alsia Farm in the far West of Cornwall. This is a not for profit event and is free entry, but contributions are gratefully accepted.

14/15/16th July 2017
Higher Alsia Farm
St. Buryan
TR19 6HG

More Information:
Email: guy@guycharles.co.uk
Phone: 01736 811098

Pickin’ Lunchtime in Reading 2nd July 2017 3-6pm

Hi Y’all, we invite you to get your monthly ‘Old Time Fix’ in Reading UK on every 1st Sunday 3-6pm at
Pickin’ Lunchtime @ The Global Cafe, 35-39 London St, Reading UK, RG1 4PS (free parking at rear & only 5 min walk from train station). Ph: 0118 958 3555

Players of all levels, singers & dancers & friends are welcome to our monthly 1st Sunday acoustic music session. Generally American stringed band stuff (Old Time, Bluegrass, Blues & Folk) and hosted according to traditional session etiquette. If new to this then take a peek at http://www.pegramjam.com/etiquette.html and while there also check out this useful resource for accompanying tunes unfamiliar to you (it is hoped that tune leaders will announce tune titles before commencing to play giving those with this book time to find them).


Hope to see you there :O)
Your session hosts are Stu Weetman & Colm Daly and this we both hope to be present.
See also our Facebook Group where you’ll find song & tunes lists and more:

Also please share this SUBSCRIBE LINK with others (to be sent this monthly email reminder…..always reversible!) http://eepurl.com/biYzvD

Remember to share with your musical/dancing/clogging friends too!
More info email Colm: newtchaser@gmail.com or call/text 07776373906.


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26th June

Old Time Music Cornwall

Old Time Pub Session
8.30 Friday 30th June
The Pirate Inn
TR18 4PS

Full details here: http://oldtimemusic-cornwall.weebly.com/

Keith and Cathy Picking Weekend

Keith and Cathy want to alert all people thinking of coming to their picking weekend (this weekend) that there is a road closure nearby which affects access to Lower Stock Farm.
Just a reminder about Wrington Road being closed. It is completely blocked, road dug up where they are putting in the new water main, so don’t be seduced by signs saying access only. Alternative access from A370 is difficult, especially for large vehicles, but access from A38 is not affected, so that’s the way to go.
Also, before you go shopping, remember there will be ‘full english’ breakfasts supplied on Saturday and Sunday mornings, I think for a fiver, any profits to farmer Nick’s Farmlink charity.

Full details here: http://www.keithburrows.org/picking-weekend.php

Calling all fans of Far in the Mountains – From Musical Traditions

Mike Yates’ 5-CD Set, Far in the Mountains, first published in 2002
(Vols.1-4) and 2013 (Vol.5) has been one of MT Records ‘best sellers’.
So we’re hoping that our second 2017 CD release, to be published soon, will please you all as well. When Cecil left the Mountains, is a 2-CD set comprising 83 historic recordings of Appalachian singers and musicians from 1927 – 1955. It runs for 149 mins, and features Horton Barker, Emmett Lundy, Luther Strong, Emma Shelton, Ella Shelton, Bill Stepp, Emory Stoop, Eliza Pace, Dad Blackard’s Moonshiners, and 20 others.

When Cecil Sharp left the America for the last time, he complained about ‘… the sound of Victrolas and the strumming of rag-time and the singing of sentimental songs – all of which we have suffered from incessantly during the last 12 weeks. I am sorry to have said goodbye to the mountain people but I suspect that I might have seen the last of them.’ What he didn’t realise was that within just a few years, American record companies would be sending scouts into the Appalachian Mountains looking for singers and musicians who could be recorded commercially.

When Cecil left the Mountains (MTCD514-5) will be a 2-CD set of performers having some sort of familial or geographical connection with the people Sharp collected in the nineteen-tens – as, indeed, was the Far in the Mountains set. The important difference is that those recordings were from Mike Yates’ 1979-83 trips … these are from the late-nineteen-twenties to the mid-nineteen-fifties, and include some people who actually performed for Sharp a decade or so earlier! Lots of very interesting stuff from both commercial and private recordings.

It should be available at the end of this month – keep your eyes open, and tell your friends!

From Musical Traditions – www.mustrad.org.uk


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5th June

No Blog updates until Tuesday 20th

Please note that I will be away for ten days returning on Tuesday 20th so there will not be a chance to update the Blog until then. Apologies for any inconvenience caused in the meantime. To Knockdown and beyond. Paul.

Workshop Holiday Week in Spain

September 23-30, 2017
La Fuente hosts ‘Traditional American Music Week’ with Beverly Smith, Katie Bradley, Sooz Clare, Johnny Whelan and Kate Lissauer.  Classes in fiddle, old-time and blues banjo, old-time and blues guitar, ukulele, and duet song.  Visit www.lafuenteholidays.com for information and enrolment, or contact kate@katelissuer.com
This is a non-profit, non-commercial event facilitated for the purpose of having a great time learning and playing together, and for supporting our visiting teachers.


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29th May

Horsenecks Tour 2017

June 2/3/4 – Fire In The Mountain – Wales
June 7th – McCanns – Omagh, N Ireland
June 9/10/11 – Westport Bluegrass Festival – Ireland
June 12/13 – TBC
June 14/15 – Joe Wattys Bar – Isle of Aran, Ireland
June 16/17/18 – Doolin Folk Festival – Doolin, Ireland
June 19 The Red Room – Cookstown, N Ireland
June 23/24/25 – Tamworth Bluegrass Festival featuring Vera Van Heeringan – Tamworth
August 11 – The Square and Compass – Worth Matravers
August 12 – The Old Duke, Bristol
August 13 – The Bell, Bath
September 1/2/3 – Didmartin Bluegrass Festival
September 8/9/10 – Sweet Sunny South Festival
September 11 The Harrison, London
September 15/16/17 The Cornish Bluegrass Festival
September 20 House Concert @ SoundHouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
September 21 Kircaldy Music Club, Scotland
September 22/23/24 Moniaive Bluegrass Festival Scotland
November 11 The Green Note,London

We’re adding more dates all the time and they can be found here at our website… http://www.horsenecks.com/

Lunchtime Jam at Global Cafe in Reading

Next Pickin’ Lunchtime Jam at Global Cafe in Reading is Sunday June 4 2017

Knockdown Old Time Picking Weekend

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24th May

Dance Party in Stroud Saturday July 1st

Hello all dancers and lovely musicians who play for our dance parties. We had a great time in Upton on Severn in March and our next one is Saturday 1st July.

Easy to get to from M5 – take A419 heading for Stroud. At the first roundabout go right – over the canal and up the hill and 1st on the left is Millend Lane with the Village Hall on the corner.

Musicians and dancers are invited to come and join us for an evening of dancing and music, shared food and camaraderie.

Venue: Eastington Village Hall. Millend Lane Eastington. GL10 3BJ

Date: Saturday 1st July 6pm -11pm

Bring and share food

Small donation

Contact Clare on clare@solarious.co.uk or 01453 827286


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22nd May

Square Dance with Rachel Eddy FRIDAY 26th MAY

Richmond Old Time Music and Dance

invites you to join us for a fabulous evening of Old Time Square Dancing with live music from an all-female band led by West Virginia’s most wonderful fiddler RACHEL EDDY! All dances are taught and fun is absolutely guaranteed.

See poster below for details.

This is a public event – everyone is welcome. 

Doors open 8.00pm. £10 entry. BYOB.

Oddfellows Hall is 2 minutes walk from Richmond Station. There is free parking in the nearby streets.

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Evie Ladin & Keith Terry UK tour – May/June 2017

Evie Ladin & Keith Terry’s 2017 tour will be kicking off on Weds 24th May. The duo is well known to the old time music community. Multi-talented singer, songwriter, clawhammer banjo player and step-dancer Evie Ladin (formerly of The Stairwell Sisters) is a sensational live performer and has been playing banjo from the age of 8 and clogging since she was 5. Talented musician, percussionist & dancer Keith Terry takes care of percussive duties on double bass, cajon and more, and joins Evie in dance elements of the duo’s shows as well as showing off their amazing body music.  Maria (True North Music) will also be hosting a very special concert in Sheffield as part of this tour, a double bill gig with Foghorn Stringband. This should be a fabulous event with a cornucopia of music and dance from the two bands.

You can find full details and ticket links at  www.truenorthpromotions.co.uk.

More info about Evie & Keith at www.evieladin.com

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Evie Ladin & Keith Terry 2017 UK tour dates:

Wed, 24/05/2017 London Green Note
Thu, 25/05/2017 New Mills St George’s Church
Fri, 26/05/2017 Sheffield Greystones
Sat, 27/05/2017 Ireby Festival Ireby Festival (afternoon)
Sat, 27/05/2017 Egremont Florence Arts (evening)
Sun, 28/05/2017 Edinburgh house concert
Mon, 29/05/2017 Eyemouth Hippodrome
Tue, 30/05/2017 Kendal Fellside Centre
Thu, 01/06/2017 Swansea Taliesin Theatre
Fri, 02/06/2017 Tenby Church House
Sat, 03/06/2017 Fire in the Mountain Festival (daytime & evening)
Sun, 04/06/2017 Brynrefail, North Wales Cafe Caban

Bakewell Area Sessions

Thurs 11 May – Cock & Pullet, Sheldon, nr Bakewell

Thurs 18 May – Miners Standard, Winster

Thurs 25 May – no session, all off to Sacrewell for Spring Camp

Thurs 1 June – Miners Standard, Winster

Sessions start at 8:30pm

Further info – Rita 01332 559371 or ritabeard@ntlworld.com


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8th May

Magical Musical Weekend in Wales

We’re delighted to let you know about a very special weekend of music on Saturday May 20th and Sunday May 21st.

On Saturday 20th May at 8pm in the newly refurbished Knighton Community Centre we have the return of  two of the most popular acts we’ve ever put on. For those of you who were lucky enough to see Anna and Elizabeth‘s sold out concert in Presteigne last year, no more need be said. For those of you who didn’t please read the attached publicity. On the same bill, Eli West is returning to play with Anna and Elizabeth AND do a solo performance. Eli is best known for his outstanding duo collaboration with Cahalen Morrison, but in solo work his amazing instrumental and vocal skills really shine.

On Sunday 21st May at 7.30pm we have something of a coup! We managed to book one of the most popular acoustic bands ever to visit these shores. The Foghorn String Band from the Pacific North West usually play festivals and larger venues, but on this short tour of Ireland and Europe they’ve agreed to come and play a concert/dance  in the workshop at Castle Ring, Beggars Bush near Presteigne.

If you’ve seen them at Fire in the Mountain Festival (the festival organiser’s favourite band) you’ll know why we’re excited. It’ll be a real party, and there’ll be homemade snacks and a great bar.

Tickets for each event cost £12 – PLEASE book in advance if you can as we have strictly limited capacity.

Tickets for both cost £22.  On sale for cash at the Workhouse and Courtyard Antiques in Presteigne, or by phone from

01544 350407,  01547 528315, or 01547 460231.

Looking to sharing some unforgettable music and dance with you.


The collaboration between Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle spans worlds — between their homes in Brooklyn and rural Virginia — between deep study of mountain ballads with old masters and explorations into the avant garde — between music, performance, and visual art.
Six years deep into their work together, they have spent the past year visiting traditional music archives in their home states of Vermont and Virginia, working that raw material at residencies, and are in the midst of a new cycle of work together, including a third studio album; a multimedia stage show incorporating movement, illustration, storytelling and music; a pair of dance films; and a series of quilted illustrations called “crankies.”


This May sees the first UK solo outing for monstrously talented Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist and singer Eli West, known for his previous UK touring with Cahalen Morrison. Eli oozes understated talent: a sublime musician! His recent debut solo album, The Both, sees him taking the lead, on electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, and pedal steel, whilst remaining a thoughtful collaborator – here with some of his close friends and personal heroes, like jazz great Bill Frisell, new Americana discovery Dori Freeman, and Anna & Elizabeth.


The Foghorn Stringband is the present day gold standard for real-deal hard-hitting genuine old-time American string band music, with eight albums, thousands of shows, over 15 years of touring under their belts, and an entirely new generation of roots musicians following their lead. American roots music is a diverse and never-ending well of inspiration, and Foghorn Stringband continually and obsessively draws from old-time, bluegrass, classic country, and Cajun music traditions in an ongoing quest to present a broad span of American historical music with an unparalleled youthful energy, joy, and virtuosity. The Foghorn Stringband is comprised four master performers and historians: –Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle) – From Orcas Island, Washington –Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar) – From rural Farmer, Washington –Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) – From the Gaspé Coast, Eastern Quebec –Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo) – From Minneapolis, Minnesota Each member of Foghorn Stringband exemplifies the best of the roots music traditions from their respective native cultures. Caleb Klauder’s wistful, keening vocals and rapid-fire mandolin picking are as influenced by Southern roots music as much as they are by his upbringing in the sea islands of coastal Washington State. Reeb Willms hails from the wind swept Eastern farmlands of Washington. Her musical family and rural upbringing are are on display with every note she sings and every heart she breaks. Nadine Landry’s roots lie in the rural backroads of Acadian Québec, and her high lonesome vocals have delighted audiences the world over. Her earth-shaking bass playing is the rumbling backbone of the Foghorn sound. Minnesotan Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind, simply put, is the old-time fiddler of his generation whose tone and voice are as old as the same hills that gave birth to this music. Together, these four have forged a sound like no other.

In performance, Foghorn Stringband gather around one microphone, balancing their music on the fly, and playing with an intense, fiery abandon. To the band, this music is as relevant today as it was at it’s birth a century ago. They see themselves not only as cultural revivalists, but also as historians and fans of this music. Their performances and recordings are a joyful celebration of music from a bygone era that still holds the power to delight audiences worldwide. The band’s repertoire has expanded greatly in the past 15 years. They are as comfortable playing music at a neighborhood square dance as they are stirring a festival audience to a frenzy. Old time dance tunes rub shoulders with Cajun waltzes, vintage honky tonk country, and classic bluegrass….and it’s all rendered into a cohesive whole. Foghorn Stringband can often be found after a performance in a local pub or club continuing to play with equal energy and joy late into the night. They’re obsessed, and that obsession rings true with every note they play and every song they sing. You’ll see. There’s Foghorn…and there’s everybody else.

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